The Seed: Past, Present, and Future
Thursday, September 14 to Sunday, September 17
SMU-in-Taos at Fort Burgwin Taos, NM
The Taos chapter is excited to be hosting their third state conference since the chapter was created in 1999. Local historic sites, such as the Taos Pueblo and the church of San Francisco de Asis, stay the same, but there have been some changes: Taos is becoming as well known for its music scene as its art, and we are proud to have in our backyard the second newest National Monument in New Mexico – the Rio Grande del Norte. Several of the offered field trips will take you onto monument lands.
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Come one come all to this FREE event series on Native Seed and Seed Balls!
These events are great for any age, so bring your kids, your friends, and yourselves!
On Sundays July 30th & August 8th, the Native Plant Society Santa Fe Chapter, in partnership with the Master Gardener Association Santa Fe Native Plant Project (SNaPP) and Creative Activist Network, will be hosting two workshops on making Seed Balls. Following these two workshops we will hold a Seed Ball Throw in partnership with the Santa Fe River and Trails Association on August 19th
to celebrate Native Plant Day!
Stay tuned for updates on meeting locations for the seed ball throw.
What's a Seed Ball?
A seed ball (seed bomb) is a mixture of clay, compost/dirt, fungi and seeds wrapped into a little ball. As the clay hardens it provides a protective barrier for the seeds against the elements until the seeds sprout. They are useful in restoration, in gardens both at home and public, and a great activity for everyone.
Why are regionally adapted Native Seeds Important?
- reduce the need for the use of petroleum products
- need less water
- increased survival rate due to adaptability to their environment
- reduced water contamination from fertilizers and pesticides
- enhanced wildlife habitat, particular for those that depend on native plants!
- unique to your location
- they are beautiful!
Our relationship to native seed runs deep. Not only are they important for the environment that surrounds us, but we depend on them too! They create conditions for pollinators year round, pollinators which pollinate our food sources! With the decrease in bees, it is essential that we work to maintain suitable conditions for our little insect friends, because if they can't do their thing, neither can we!
Did you know that SO MANY native plants here in New Mexico can be considered food sources for us? Not to mention have highly medicinal qualities?
The list goes on, let's promote Native Seed in our communities!
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From Ponderosa to Prickly Pear · Exploring the Native Plants of New Mexico
The Native Plant Society is excited to announce a new curriculum for native plants: From Ponderosa to Prickly Pear · Exploring the Native Plants of New Mexico. This ecoregional curriculum, developed by the Southwest Program of the Institute for Applied Ecology, offers a complete study of native plants, and lessons encourage students to explore what is outside their door and to journey through the flora, ecology, landscape management, and cultural plant relationships unique to New Mexico and the Southwest. Stay tuned for an instructional webinar that will be held for educators in spring/summer, 2017. Download a PDF of the native plant curriculum here.
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The Native Plant Society of New Mexico (NPSNM) is a non-profit organization that strives to educate the public about native plants by promoting knowledge of plant identification, ecology, and uses; fostering plant conservation and the preservation of natural habitats; supporting botanical research; and encouraging the appropriate use of native plants to conserve water, land, and wildlife. We have approximately 800 members in 7 chapters located throughout New Mexico and El Paso, Texas.
We welcome you to explore our website and learn more about New Mexico's native plants and the organization that celebrates and conserves them. Please join us!